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rococo (noun) – 1. (a) A style of art, especially architecture and decorative art, that originated in France in the early 1700s and is marked by elaborate ornamentation, as with a profusion of scrolls, foliage, and animal forms.
(b) A very ornate style of speech or writing.
2. (Music) A style of composition arising in the 1700s in France, often viewed as an extension of the baroque, and characterized by a high degree of ornamentation and lightness of expression.

(adj) – 1. Of or relating to the rococo.
2. Immoderately elaborate or complicated.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : If any word looks Italian or Spanish, rococo certainly does. But in fact rococo is a French word meaning ?out of style, old-fashioned? and is a humorous distortion of rocaille ?pebble-work, shellwork,? which was done to excess in some 18th-century art, furniture, and architecture. The French word may have been influenced by the Italian adjective barocco ?baroque.? Rococo entered English in the 19th century.